"A great book in a fantastic mystery series"
In the first few years of the reign of Queen Elizabeth I,
there were numerous plots and counter-plots to try to put
Mary, Queen of the Scots, on the throne. Many powerful
nobles, especially in the north, had strong Papist
sympathies and ultimately many rebelled. Elizabeth's
spymaster Sir Walter Pendennis is aghast to learn his wife
is in league with the rebels.
Sir Walter travels to Hamburg to ask his good friend
Susanna, Lady Appleton, to help him infiltrate the rebel
leaders so that he can prevent a civil war. Susanna, loyal
to Her Majesty and relishing a good adventure, agrees to
help. She goes to the estate of the Earl of Northumberland
with false messages and soon joins the Countess'
entourage. She gathers evidence on rebel activity even as
someone wants her dead.
Kathy Lynn Emerson brings vivid color to a tumultuous time
during the early stages of the Elizabethan era. Readers
learn that the intermingling of religious conflict with
politics leads to thoughts of rebellion. The heroine is
independent and morally righteous, but tempered with a
pragmatic streak. FACE DOWN BEFORE THE REBEL HOOVES is an
exciting historical mystery.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted July 6, 2001